The effort to equip police officers with body cameras nationwide to tape the officer's perspective of incidents they respond to has come to the city of Jamestown. However... research into this crime-fighting tool began long before officer involved-incidents in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere. Mayor Sam Teresi says he was first introduced to the technology in 2010... and, he began discussing it with Police Chief Harry Snellings. Snellings has researched the matter for just over a year... and, presented his findings to the City Council at last night's work session. Snellings says he's looked at three different kinds of body cams... and, says he and Teresi wanted to wait at first because initial costs were high. However... he says the cameras are more in demand now, and, that's brought down the cost. He says... generally... the rank-and-file like the idea of back-up video. There is federal grant money available... but, Snellings says the initial cost for a stand-alone system for 48 cameras would cost about 55-thousand dollars.
A very rainy 24-hours on Sunday led to one record being set for daily rainfall in Western New York. Meteorologist Dave Thomas of the National Weather Service says a slow-moving cold front brought the wet weather and resulted in 2.25-inches of rain for yesterday. Thomas says that was the second-highest for one day total for Buffalo in the month of May. It was also the most for May 31st. Thomas says rain came mainly during the course of the day-time hours. He adds the rain should help area farmers who have been dealing with a rainfall deficit for several weeks.
The former leader of the New York Senate and his son have pleaded not guilty in a federal corruption case. An indictment levels conspiracy and extortion charges against 67-year-old Dean Skelos (SKEHL'-ohs) and his 32-year-old son, Adam. They were arraigned today (Monday) in Manhattan. The indictment, filed last Thursday, says a medical malpractice insurer provided Adam Skelos with a no-show job while it lobbied his father on legislative matters. Authorities allege that 300-thousand dollars was illegally steered to the son. Dean Skelos was New York state's most powerful Republican when he was arrested. Skelos has said he will fight the charges and that he and his son will be vindicated. His son's lawyer has said Adam Skelos is not guilty.
Chautauqua County's representative in the state Assembly says he's "very confident" there will be a vote on allowing the county to increase it's sales tax before the end of the current state legislative session. Bemus Point Republican Andy Goodell is please the county legislature took action on the proposal last week to increase the tax from 7.5-percent to 8-percent. Goodell says the legislative session is expected to end on June 17th. He adds this sales tax proposal is unique... and, that's a plus. Goodell says lowering property taxes will especially help local farmers... and manufacturers be more competitive, and remain open. He adds there will also be an obvoious benefit to local home-owners by shifting some of the tax burden onto people visiting or vacationing in the county. Goodell did not have a day where such a vote may take place... adding the county's Sales Tax increase is one of several bills that need to be acted on by the end of session. He also declined to speculate how soon a vote may come in the State Senate.
A long-time collision shop on Jamestown's southside has changed hands... but, the new owner says he's committed to carry on the quality work of the previous owner. The grand opening was held yesterday afternoon for the new Carubba Collision on Foote Avenue. It's the previous location of Gary's Carstar... which had been owned and operated for about 45 years by Gary Adams. Mayor Sam Teresi says Monday's ribbon cutting was a celebration of two things. Teresi lauded Adams' commitment to doing quality work during his 45 years in the business... and, his love for restoring antique cars. Carubba Collision's Owner, Joe Carubba was on hand for the festivities... and, also complimented Adams... saying he wants to carry on the fine traditions he had in the Jamestown community... including the quality of work, and local employees. Carubba says they'll also be adding five new employees for expanded service. He says they will be a "one-stop" center for people to get their car's repaired, and get their insurance claims taken care of.
A new, family-owned restaurant has officially opened in downtown Jamestown that carries a Cuban cuisine... but, also caters to American's love for such food. Several elected officials... and, members of the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation were on hand to help cut the ribbon yesterday on the new "Havana Cuban Cafe and Pizzaria." Owner Ruban Hernandez is originally from Miami... but, moved to Jamestown when he was 15. He adds he first became interested in opening a restaurant when he graduated from JHS six years ago. Hernandez says the reaction's been positive. Hernandez says their main staple is their version of the "Cuban" Sandwich... and, other cuban fare. He says his inspiration was his grand-father... who was a chef in Cuba. He calls the restaurant a "dream come true." Hours for the "Havana Cuban Cafe and Pizzaria" are 11 AM to 8 PM Tuesday's through Saturday's. Their business number is 720-4296.
The Dunkirk Police Department is investigating a "forced residential entry" that happened in the 200-block of Lord Street shortly before 3 PM Sunday. Police say two people, described as Hispanic males, pushed a 73-year-old female victim down to the floor after answering her door. She told officers that a heavier-set man had asked for the whereabouts of a person she did not know. They then left the home. The victim managed to call 9-1-1. Police and Dunkirk Fire and Rescue responded and transported her to Brooks Hospital for treatment of a back injury. Anyone with information on this incident can call the Dunkirk Police at 366-2266 or the confidential tip line at 363-0313.